Thanks to a donation from the Summerland Kinsmen and great pricing from Ice Halo, the Summerland Curling Club was able to purchase Ice Halo head protection for all of their junior curlers.
Curlers also raised funds by selling rubber duck tickets in partnership with the South Okanagan Kin Club Rubber Duck Race.
Ice Halo head protection lessens the likelihood of concussion if a player slips on the ice, and is becoming more popular for all ages of curlers. On March 5, the club hosted its inaugural junior bonspiel, with teams from Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos and Summerland participating.
Next year’s bonspiel will be the Ice Halo Junior Playerspiel, sponsored by Ice Halo.
The junior program runs from October to March, with practices on Wednesdays after school and three or four single-day bonspiels throughout the season.
Pictured are the Summerland curlers who participated in the Summerland bonspiel, all sporting different varieties of Ice Halos, along with Mike Petkau from the Summerland Kinsmen and Heather Martin from the South Okanagan Kin Club.